One of the reasons I why went after this job so aggressively, is because it is the only thing I kind of can do. It’s not very easy for me to human, so I act.
Lakeith Stanfield for NowThis
I deadasss want a biography on this long headed ass bitch. Like, why did he become this way??? Childhood trauma?? Very spoiled when he was a child and became a man child??? The “bad” teenager at school who was smart but never paid attention and did illegal things (shoplifting) because school was boring?? I read an article that Howie could have ADHD but 🤷
Preface “Autobiographical Notes“
“Everybody’s Protest Novel”
“Carmen Jones: The Dark Is Light Enough”
“The Harlem Ghetto”
“Notes of a Native Son”
“Equal in Paris”
"Stranger in the Village”
Christina & Isaac’s story >>>>> Mae & Michael’s
I went and saw The Photograph on Friday and I really loved the movie. I know people have their opinions but I thought it was really wonderful. Let me count the ways.
So I LOVE romance movies and for a really long time I’ve been saying to myself why aren’t there black romance movies that aren’t stereotypical. Like the women always seem to be in abusive relationships and have to be completely broken down so some other guy can come build her up. Or can’t find love because they are in positions of power and need to search outside of their high standards. The men have these really good jobs and are abusive and the women don’t have any job so they’re dependent on the man. Or the couple gets together, breaks up, one of them gets with someone else and realizes they actually want to be with the other person after like years. And so on and so forth. And don’t get me started on the “give it to God” narrative that’s always thrown in *cough cough Tyler Perry* (actually most of these scenarios were Tyler Perry movies)
The Photograph was a movie about black love that wasn’t stereotypical, toxic, or unrequited. The woman was dark skinned which is also important to see. A Dark skin woman being loved on screen? I’m for it. And a HUGE plus for me? The score. Robert Glasper did an amazing job with the music. Idk about y’all but I’d definitely pay to go see it again.
Dir. Rian Johnson
Not really into love stories but imma go see The Photograph. Black love is rarely on the big screen and even when it is it’s not always that good. This movie sounds interesting and has a gorgeous cast so yeah, I’m seeing it.
The Photograph reminded me that there are certain people that just soak into you. They replace your solid plans for a comfortable life with chaotic ease. At first it seems that their elevated personality is overwhelming and may leave you breathless like too many flights of stairs or dumbstruck as if in the presence of an abstract genius.
Everything they do comes from a story and everything you do together is a treat. You know that once someone is a part of you, so steadily weaved into your rhythm, routine and responsibility that because of your togetherness there is movement. Whether it’s the gentle sway of conversation or the generous trot toward an existence of sufficiency, there is sureness that the world turns brightly another day when they’re near.
It is also that when you are apart contentedness remains. In silence and singularly you still are the unheralded success, the warm validation, the whole and changing person blinking back in the mirror. They, the one or many that understand your singularity are but an addition to your blooming nature and capable hands.
The movie, flashing back through generations of heartbreak and reconciliation speaks the message clearly that being influenced and loved by others is not an issue when you are the masterwork of all your lessons learned and the chooser of your present human spirit.
The Photograph is so much slower and so much richer than even the most generously cut trailers suggested.
Stella Meghie gives the story in her film room to breathe and expand, giving her viewers space to make the connections between the two narratives she is telling.
Yes, The Photograph is the beautiful black love story we were promised.
But, it is also a thoughtful rumination on the way that love and connection are learned and unlearned.
Go see The Photograph - you will leave with your heart and your spirit full.